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Confessions of a Shopaholic
A great little chick flick.
Confessions of a Shopaholic
Isla Fisher Stars in "Confessions of a Shopaholic."
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June 9th, 2008: A college grad lands a job as a financial journalist in New York City to support where she nurtures her shopping addiction and falls for a wealthy entrepreneur. Based on the novel "Confessions of a Shopaholic" by Sophie Kinsella.

What to Expect: Is it me or are we seeing a new trend in the "chick flick" genre? If you look at more recent female geared movies, they tend to be less of the old romance novels with Fabio on the cover and more about strong, independent women facing and overcoming challenges in their careers and in love. These aren't women who need to be rescued by men; these are women who rescue themselves, with a little help from their friends. Look at the hugely successful "The Devil Wears Prada" or the mega hit "Sex and the City" and even "Bridget Jones's Diary." What do these movies have in common? Single women who feel that one really can have it all and look good doing it. These are women who learn that it is not the men in your life that define you, you can do it all on your own...in a pair of Jimmy Choos. You know what else these movies have in common? They were all based on highly successful novels of the same name. And now we have a new one to add to the list, "Confessions of a Shopaholic," based on the hugely popular series by Sophie Kinsella.

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Shopaholic centers on Rebecca Bloomwood, a young, bright woman struggling for success in the big city. In the novel, Becky lives in London and to the dismay of some fans, this movie will take place in New York City. Kinsella has addressed this by saying, "For me, the fact of Becky's being British is not the main factor of her personality. It's far more important to me that she's portrayed as the optimistic, ingenious, dreamworld-girl who just can't say no to a reduced pair of shoes or a Denny & George scarf." I think New York City has an energy and a link to high fashion that is not necessarily associated with London. The change in location should not detract from the movie but rather help to clarify Becky's desire to shop in the hottest boutiques for the latest trends, ala Carrie in Sex and the City. Her best friends are Dior, Prada, and Chanel and they beckon her like sirens as she walks by their stores. Becky, a recent college grad, settles into the city in the hopes of living the life she has always dreamed of in a trendy apartment with her best friend and a high profile job at her favorite fashion magazine. There are just a few glitches. She does live in the great apartment with her best friend Suze (paying her friend far less than market value) and she sure does shop, but that high profile job at the fashion mag is just not happening. Becky just can't seem to get her foot in the door until she snags a job as an advice columnist for a new financial magazine published by a top fashion magazine. Eventually, Becky discovers a story that she is truly invested in, getting the attention of a male colleague (Hugh Dancy). Overnight, her column becomes hugely popular, turning her into an instant celebrity. Unfortunately Becky's compulsive shopping and growing debt threaten to destroy her love life and disrupt her career. It is at this point that Becky realizes she needs to re-evaluate her priorities.

It is this learning process that Becky must endure that inspires the female audience. This is what makes her such a relatable character, and this is what puts Becky in the same class as other favorite female characters. She grows from a scatterbrained newcomer in life and love to the more mature, worldly woman that we aspire to be.

Unfortunately, Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) is not the actress that comes to mind when you think of Becky, but she will be from now on. Many readers have imagined the character to be much taller than Fisher's 5'3 height, but in reality the author never described Becky's physical description. On purpose. "This was a conscious decision," revealed Kinsella. "I really like the fact that it's not specified: I think it means anyone can identify with her. I want my readers to feel they are inside Becky's head, seeing the world through her eyes, not looking at her from the outside." Since the books never described the character, the casting decision was left up to the filmmakers, and Fisher was it. Kinsella had little to say about the choice, since she doesn't have control over casting or even the story.

Besides Fisher, some of the other interesting casting choices have been the selection of Joan Cusack and John Goodman as Becky's parents. I think these two will add a good balance to Fisher's quirkiness. It's also worth noting that Hugh Grant has been photographed on set. Will he be in the movie, or is he just stopping by to catch a glimpse... I suppose we will just have to wait and see.

The new movie is directed by PJ Hogan (My Best Friend's Wedding), who has some big shoes to fill in that the filmmakers are hoping this will cross over to encompass a male audience. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has even said, "If we do our job right, this could be another 'Wedding Crashers.'" I have a feeling that may be a long shot as "Crashers" was lead by a more than notable comedy team in Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn. He continues to insist that the movie is relatable to everyone by saying that, "We all have spending habits; a lot of us do." That may be true, but the heart of this movie is still the trials and tribulations of a young woman growing up and understanding the meaning of having real responsibilities and stability. Yes, there are men who can relate to that, but this may be a little too sugar-coated for them to appreciate.

In Conclusion: "Confessions of a Shopaholic" is a movie many young women will be able to relate to. It will allow them to envision themselves as Becky, living in New York City and dressing in the latest of high fashion. If you are looking for a fun, light-hearted movie, then this should be right up your alley. And if this one does well, expect to see other books in the Sophie Kinsella series translated on to the big screen.

Similar Titles: The Devil Wears Prada, Bridget Jones's Diary, Sex and the City
February 13th, 2009 (wide)
June 23rd, 2009 (DVD)

Touchstone Pictures

P.J. Hogan

Isla Fisher, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, John Lithgow, Kristin Scott Thomas, Leslie Bibb, Lynn Redgrave, Julie Hagerty

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Rated PG for some mild language and thematic elements.

105 min





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